Kids Helpline – http://kidshelp.com.au/
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
eheadspace – https://www.eheadspace.org.au/
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth counsellor
headspace Wagga Wagga :www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/wagga-wagga/
is a centre where young people who are having a tough time can come to get support.
We provide a safe and confidential environment, for young people to access counselling and mental health services
At headspace Wagga Wagga you can receive support from a range of professionals including case managers, psychologists, social workers, dietician or general practitioner (doctor). All of our workers are skilled in listening to young people and can help you identify problems, goals and achieve creative solutions to issues.
We bulk bill all appointments – which means that there will be no out of pocket costs to you. All you need to do is bring your Medicare card along with you.
Generally a young person will be allocated a case manager who they can liaise with while they are accessing services here and also a counsellor, psychologist or social worker.
Our main centre is located in Wagga Wagga, however we have workers who travel to West Wyalong, Temora, Tumut and Cootamundra. To make a referral so that you can access services here, simply call (02) 6923 3170, or check out our “Make a referral” section below for more information.
headspace Griffith headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/griffith/
is a youth-friendly service for anyone aged between 12 and 25 years. Our staff can talk to you about any concerns you may have and provide you with support, information and services in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.
All of our services are free of charge. You can come in on your own or bring someone with you for support. If you’re not ready to talk to someone yet, we can provide you or your family with general information on a number of different topics. There is a great range of fact sheets that you can access now via the ‘Get Info Now’ link at the bottom of this page.
You can phone us on 02 6962 3277 to arrange an appointment, or drop into our site at 1/26 Ulong Street to find out more. Referrals are not required but appointments are preferred.
If you have any immediate concerns, you can phone Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Accessline on 1800 800 944.
biteback – http://www.biteback.org.au/
BITE BACK is an ever-changing space where you can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life and share real and personal stories with others.
reachout.com – http://au.reachout.com/
ReachOut.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.
youth beyondblue – http://www.youthbeyondblue.com
Going through tough times? Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and in fact happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives.
Valuable references for Parents and Teenagers
The Two Worlds of your Teenager – Sonya Karras and Sacha Kaluri
They understand that while teenagers experience many changes in their lives, there are two big areas that come into full bloom about the same time as each other: social life and thoughts about a career path.
Sonya and Sacha are experts in these two areas. They believe it’s the parent’s job to be well prepared for this often confusing time in their teenager’s life. Then when your children really need help they will confidently come to you, their parents, because you understand what’s really going on. The purpose is to make sure the forever-widening gap between teens and their parents becomes narrower and narrower.
Sonya and Sacha have made it their life’s mission to engage and connect with teenagers on a daily basis to guide them in these areas. They believe the more choices, options and information a teenager is given, the more likely they are to make positive choices, especially when faced with a tricky situation. Their fun, down-to-earth manner readily connects with parents and teens, and makes this an engaging and informative read.
‘The Two Worlds of Your Teenager is practical, punchy and informative much like its authors. It will give you a laugh, help you stay sane. It’s much cheaper than therapy, smarter than Dr Google and more fun than counselling.’ – Susie O’Brien, Herald Sun
Navigating Teen Depression – Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers
Professor Gordon Parker AO is currently Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales and was Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute from 2001 – 2011.
Kerrie Eyers MA (Psych), DipEd, MPH, MAPS is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years’ experience in mental health, based at the Black Dog Institute.
“At last, a sensible, well-written and incisive description of the most common psychiatric disorder in young people: depression.
Sometimes, trying to detect depression in young people is like trying to pick up mercury with a fork but this book makes the task just that little easier. It is an invaluable resource for people who work with young people in health, education and welfare and should be a standard text for all trainees.” – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author of 10 books, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health.
First symptoms of depression often occur during teenage years, and it can be a disturbing and confusing time for families as well as the teenager themselves. How can you tell whether it’s just typical teenage ups and downs that will pass, or something more serious? How can parents, carers and professionals who work with young people best identify and support teenagers with depression?
Experienced clinician and researcher Gordon Parker explains how to systematically identify different mood disorders, and outlines treatment options. He discusses the particular challenges faced by adolescents and approaches to effective management.
Illustrated with moving and informative descriptions from people who suffered depression as teenagers, this is a comprehensive and authoritative guide.
Supporting family members with a mental health condition
What Works 4 U Share treatments that worked and learn what treatments other young people found helpful.Young Carers Gives you tips on how to look after yourself and the person you are caring for. You can also call their help line on 1800 242 636.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Having a parent with a mental illness can be tough. But COPMI have a lot of information and videos to help you get your head around it all. There’s also great information for parents too.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Information to organise services such as home respite care, support workers and residential respite care. You can call them directly on 1800 052 222.itsallright Website for young people with a parent or friend affected by mental illness. As well as factsheets and podcasts, you can submit questions and get a referral for more support.
Drug and Alcohol support
DrugInfo Provides easy access to information about prevention of alcohol and other drug harms, through publications, a resource centre and seminars.
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre Provides information to the community, users and their families including treatment options and real stories from young people.
National Drugs Campaign Information for young people about different illicit drugs and where to get help. Also includes a list of state based drug and alcohol info services.
Somazone Questions and answers on youth mental health, depression, relationships, drugs and more, plus personal stories and where to get help.
TeenRehabCenter.org , a valuable US web resource that provides information and support to adolescents who are fighting addiction and substance abuse. Substance abuse in adolescents frequently overlaps with other mental health problems. Our goal is to support teens and their families by providing the most thorough resources and tools related to drug and alcohol abuse.
Eating Disorders and Body Image
The Butterfly Foundation Represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image, including friends and family. Has a range of resources including a support line – 1800 33 4673.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Keep It Tame – Shows the risks of taking a ‘joke’ too far online, and what to do if you are on the receiving end.
CyberSmart – Information on how to deal with online issues including cyberbullying, trolling, digital reputation and sexting.
Stay Smart Online – Provides information on online issues including cyberbullying, and links to the cyber safety help button.
Bullying No Way! – Provides information on what to do if you are being bullied, been called a bully or know someone who is being bullied.
The Line – Sometimes people make choices that cross the line. This website provides a space to talk about respectful relationships.
Law Stuff – Know your stuff on a range of issues including bullying and cyberbullying for your state.
Grief and loss
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement – Information about grief and support for people who are grieving.
GriefLine – 1300 845 745 Grief helpline that provides telephone support services to individuals and families.